The Power of Microsoft Teams

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Microsoft Teams is an app for businesses where groups of people can communicate through chat, private messages and videophone, all in one place. Group members have easy access to other Microsoft programs such as OneDrive, OneNote, Excel, Word and PowerPoint as well without navigating from the app. They can not only access the files on the drive, but edit them live, making collaboration on documents that much easier between group members.

Skype for Business Replacement

Microsoft Teams was developed to replace Microsoft’s Skype for Business to allow employees to communicate more easily and collaborate on projects. It is available on all platforms- MAC, PC and mobile. Skype was limited to instant messaging and online meetings only but with Teams, members can store, share and edit data like images or documents, record and transcribe audio from meetings and share screens, among other things.

The Concept

The idea of Microsoft Teams is to reduce the flood of emails staff receive on a daily basis and replace them with more of an instant message-based experience. A team administrator, likely a manager, will set up a URL or send an invitation to those they want on the team. Within the team, they can set up channels, which are topics of conversation, (essentially chat rooms for business) where they can discuss matters without using email. To make it a little more fun, users can reply using images, memes or GIFs, creating a team-building atmosphere instead of strictly 100% business. If you miss a message or conversation, you can easily catch up by viewing the team chat history.

Where to Find Teams

Teams is a part of Office 365 included with license plans Business Essentials, Business Premium, Enterprise E1, E3 or E5. It can be accessed through a desktop app, browser or mobile app. External users who are not part of your organization and don’t have an Office 365 subscription can also participate, as there is a free version, however, storage and features are limited.

Take it for a test drive yourself. Download Teams from Microsoft now.

BSC Solutions Group provides Office 365 licensing, migration services and support. 

April 05, 2019 3:58:17 PM

Bill Boisvenue

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